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Ethnographer & Oral Historian
Rlene Santos Steffy
When you are looking for groundbreaking historical documentaries telling the story of the human experience, look no further than Rlene"Live" Productions in Guam and their Riverside, California business representatives. We tell the real life stories of people in the Oceanic Region of the world, with emphasis on Micronesian peoples.
Changing with Our Work
We gain a greater appreciation for the struggle and determination of the manamko' (elders) every time we listen to their personal experiences. It is all about the context. Many World War II Survivors have been silent about their war experiences because they have not had time to grasp the reality of what happened to them. As media show more interest in survivor accounts, it validates the survivors and helps them to realize that to whatever degree they experienced the war, it matters.
After interviewing WWII Survivor Leoncio Ignacio Castro in 2003, he said, "My god, Rlene, you immortalized me." Castro realized the benefit and permanency of video recording his oral history account; that it gives people the opportunity to participate in the creation of the historical retelling of their lives. Oral history accounts teach us what people hope for, how they feel, what their aspirations and disappointments are that cannot be found in any other historical sources.